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Monferrato is a historical and geographical region of Piedmont. Its territory, mainly composed of a hilly nature, is included within the provinces of Alessandria and Asti and extends southwards until it reaches the Ligurian Apennines on the border with the city of Genoa and the province of Savona. Furthermore, it borders with other geographical and historical regions of Piedmont belonging to the province of Cuneo, the Langhe and Roero, and to the north-east with the Lombard historical region of Lomellina. The territory flows into the west, without interruption, in the area of the Turin hills. The Monferrato is characterized by its soft hills, the territory represents a mixture of between the hilly landscape and the plain which are characterized, respectively, for wine and rice cultivation. There are numerous castles as well as characteristic villages often marked by the typical "Pietra da Cantone" of which they are made. Finally, on the 22nd June 2014, during the 38th session of the UNESCO committee in Doha, it was officially included, together with Langhe and Roero, in the list of World Heritage Sites.
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